Howe & Howe Ripsaw
When you look at the Ripsaw, you can immediately spot the problem: there’s space for just one person and there isn’t a lot of protection. That’s because the end-product won’t have a person inside. In development since 2001, the Ripsaw has been designed for surveillance, crowd control and bomb removal. More than anything, it was built to be operated at high speed via a remote control.
The idea is that the Ripsaw will use a 360-degree camera system linked to a panel about a mile away. Think of it as a real-life video game, where you drive a Lamborghini with a turret mounted on the top.
A few have been built – some as fast as supercars – but the average Ripsaw is somewhere in the region of Golf GTI fast.
The best thing of all? The development mules actually go on sale after Howe & Howe are finished with them. This particular unit is currently on sale for R9.7 million. God bless ‘Merica.
Will it be built?
Probably. Once the ‘remotely operated’ bit is figured out.